Would You Swap Your Car For An E-Scooter?

Mon 13th Dec 2021

The growing sight of e-scooters may have divided opinion for many road-users and even pedestrians, but while legal trials in the UK take place it looks more and more likely that they will be adopted in other areas of the country.

And now a new poll has found that many motorists would even consider swapping their car for an e-scooter to make shorter journeys. The poll of 5,000 car owners found that 22 per cent (1 in 5) would consider the switch, in a move which could save 44,000 tonnes of carbon emissions a year.

Department for Transport data suggests that 0.43 per cent of all car journeys are less than a mile long, which equates to 29.1 miles of journeys for every vehicle in the UK. The DfT data also shows that during this trial period there have been three e-scooter riders killed in 2020, 729 injured and 131 pedestrians also injured. But with police failing to enforce the use of e-scooters across the country, it is likely that they will be made legal very soon, with 45 per cent of car drivers in favour of making them legal too.

James Attwood, from Move Electric, which commissioned the data said: “The Government is currently helping Local Authorities in the UK to run e-scooter trials to understand how they could be incorporated within the existing transport network. 

'While some drivers remain sceptical of e-scooter use, already one-in-five would consider replacing short car journeys with one.

“Though car journeys under a mile account for a fraction of total miles driven, replacing them with an e-scooter could help reduce local air pollution. 

“With one in five drivers already interested in making the switch, this alone could save more than 44,000 tonnes of CO2 a year, equivalent to taking more than 29,000 cars off the road.

“While it is important that the Government considers both the safety of e-scooters and issues such as tax and insurance, as the UK moves towards more sustainable transport solutions they should remain in the conversation on possible ways to improve local air quality.”